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Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Environment, Opinion, California, Columnist

Ranchers Coming Around On Global Warming

Posted Jul. 12, 2014, 8:20 am

The chorus of global warming deniers has not shrunk. Outcries claiming the entire issue is fraudulent are not going away.

Tom Ford has been named Executive Director of The Bay Foundation. He previously served as the Foundation’s Director of Marine Programs.

News, Environment, Santa Monica

Q&A With The Bay Foundation’s New Executive Director Tom Ford

Posted Jul. 8, 2014, 9:03 am

The Bay Foundation – a science-based organization that advocates for the Santa Monica Bay – appointed Tom Ford last month as its new Executive Director.

Anyone wanting to be part of Project Save Our Surf's beach clean-ups can visit its website for upcoming dates and locations.

News, Environment, Beach, Santa Monica

Santa Monica Beach Clean Up This Saturday, June 28

Posted Jun. 25, 2014, 9:20 am

Project Save Our Surf will host a beach clean-up this Saturday, June 28 at Santa Monica's beach tower 28. It will start at 10 am.

News, Environment, Malibu, Santa Monica, Ocean, Fish

Endangered Steelhead Trout Restored In Malibu Lagoon

Posted May. 30, 2014, 2:11 pm

Restoration officials celebrating the first sighting in decades of an endangered steelhead trout in the Malibu Lagoon, which underwent a major overhaul

Crews continue the cleanup of thousands of dead fish in Marina del Rey.

News, Environment, Santa Monica, Marina Del Rey, Water

Marina del Rey Dead Fish Cleanup Continues

Posted May. 22, 2014, 8:01 am

Crews continued working to remove thousands of dead fish from a section of Marina del Rey, saying other marine life will be endangered as long as the decaying fish remain in the water.

Thousands of dead fish were spotted in Marina Del Rey this weekend.

News, Environment, Santa Monica, Marina Del Rey, Sheriff

Thousands Of Dead Fish Surface In Marina Del Rey

Posted May. 18, 2014, 11:59 am

Several dead fish mysteriously rose to the surface at a section of Marina Del Rey, near Ballona Creek, the Sheriff’s Dept. said.

News, Environment, Santa Monica, City Hall

City Of Santa Monica Receives $60,000 From EPA To Reduce Water Pollution

Posted May. 2, 2014, 6:25 am

The city of Santa Monica will receive $60,000 from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for a stormwater diversion system designed to reduce runoff, protect water quality and replace potable water used to irrigate parkland, it was announced Thursday.

Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Environment, Opinion, California, Santa Monica, Government

Fracking: Find An Indisputably Clean Method

Posted Apr. 26, 2014, 8:56 am

When a city like Carson, home to one large oil refinery and next-door neighbor to another, hard by the junction of two major freeways and site of both a Cal State campus and a Major League Soccer stadium, slaps a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing because of environmental questions, you know fracking of California’s vast oil and gas reserves is no sure thing.

Local innovator and business leader Dr. Michael Crooke will be the keynote speaker at this Wednesday’s Sustainable Quality Awards (SQA) luncheon at the Le Meridien Delfina Hotel in Santa Monica.

News, Environment, Business, Santa Monica, Sustainability

Innovator Dr. Michael Crooke To Address SQA Luncheon Attendees

Posted Apr. 25, 2014, 9:00 am

Local innovator and business leader Dr. Michael Crooke will be the keynote speaker at this Wednesday’s Sustainable Quality Awards (SQA) luncheon at the Le Meridien Delfina Hotel in Santa Monica.

Two American Sweetgum trees that can grow as high as 75 feet will be planted on 19th Street in Santa Monica on Wednesday.

News, Environment, Santa Monica

Help Plant Two American Sweetgums In Santa Monica On Arbor Day

Posted Apr. 18, 2014, 7:29 am

A handful of Santa Monica organizations will come together to celebrate Arbor Day by planting trees within the community this Wednesday, April 23.

Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Environment, Opinion, California, Santa Monica, Government

Ground Water Becoming Another Big California Fight

Posted Apr. 14, 2014, 9:16 am

The next front in California’s long-running water wars has already opened, and the reasons for it will sometimes be hard to see – but not always.

News, Environment, Santa Monica

Assemblyman Bloom's Legislation To Ban Plastic Microbeads Moves Forward

Posted Apr. 8, 2014, 9:47 am

Assemblymember Richard Bloom (Dem-Santa Monica) announced Monday that his legislation to ban plastic microbeads and reduce ocean debris passed the Assembly Natural Resources Committee on a 6-3 vote.

Santa Monica-based 5 Gyres Institute is seeking one crew member to help research ocean plastic pollution. The contest prize is worth $10,000.

News, Environment, Santa Monica

Santa Monica's 5 Gyres Seeks Crew Member To Help Research Ocean Pollution

Posted Mar. 30, 2014, 6:00 am

The 5 Gyres Institute, the Santa Monica group leading legislation banning cosmetics containing tiny plastic beads, has launched an online video contest for those who want to experience a high seas “plastic garbage patch” firsthand.

Environment, Santa Monica, Education, Youth

McKinley Elementary Named A Finalist In LA Trash-Free Lunch Challenge

Posted Mar. 27, 2014, 8:35 am

McKinley Elementary in Santa Monica has been named a finalist in L.A. County’s third annual Trash-Free Lunch Challenge.

News, Environment, Santa Monica

Santa Monica Recognizes National Tsunami Preparedness Week

Posted Mar. 27, 2014, 8:21 am

In recognition of National Tsunami Preparedness Week, March 24-30, the Santa Monica Office of Emergency Management would like to remind those who live, work, and play in Santa Monica to take the time to check their emergency kits, update their family emergency plan, and be informed of the hazards that may exist in our community.

Santa Monica Tree Hugging Day organizer Jerry Rubin and his wife Marissa.

News, Environment, Santa Monica

Santa Monica Residents To Celebrate Spring Equinox With Tree Hugging Day Event

Posted Mar. 20, 2014, 8:30 am

The annual Tree Hugging Day public gathering in Santa Monica will once again take place today on the Spring Equinox at the Children's Tree of Life.

Fix a Leak Week is March 17 - 21.

News, Environment, Santa Monica

Santa Monica To Promote "Fix A Leak Week" March 17-21

Posted Mar. 15, 2014, 8:55 am

As part of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) ongoing "We're for Water" campaign, this year's "Fix a Leak Week" encourages Americans to help put a stop to the more than one trillion gallons of water wasted from household leaks each year.

Susan Cloke, Columnist

Environment, Opinion, California, Santa Monica, Columnist

What Say You? Drought & Clean Water In Santa Monica

Posted Mar. 15, 2014, 8:50 am

“Drought, it’s got everyone’s attention and that’s a good thing. The storm we had at the beginning of March dropped two inches of rain. Normal rainfall in a year is about 14 inches and this two inches is the first rain we’ve seen,” said Gil Borboa, Water Resources Manager for the City of Santa Monica.

A rally was held Monday at the corner of Santa Monica Boulevard and Ocean Avenue opposing the proposed Keystone XS Pipeline from Canada to Nebraska.

News, Environment, Santa Monica

Activists Join Coordinated National Rally Against Keystone XL Pipeline

Posted Feb. 7, 2014, 7:08 am

More than 100 people participated in a coordinated rally and candlelight vigil on Monday evening in Santa Monica to protest against the construction of the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline.

Santa Monica city officials urge residents and businesses to cut back on water usage.

News, Environment, Santa Monica, City Hall

Santa Monica City Officials Urge 20 Percent Water Reduction To Avoid Crisis

Posted Jan. 30, 2014, 8:42 am

Santa Monica city officials are asking residents and businesses to voluntarily reduce water use 20 percent from 2013 usage in an effort for the community to become water self-sufficient and avoid a drought induced water crisis and mandatory water restrictions.

In September 2013, more than 400 people reportedly attended a community festival along Michigan Avenue to view temporary installations of the project’s potential elements.

News, City Council, Environment, Transportation, Santa Monica

Michigan Avenue Concept Designs On Display At Tuesday Night Workshop

Posted Jan. 3, 2014, 8:40 am

Santa Monica residents will have a first crack at taking part in the public process in 2014 when City Hall hosts a meeting Tuesday, Jan. 7 to present the conceptual plans of an ambitious “green” project planned for Michigan Avenue between the beach and Bergamot Station.

The recyclables collected by Santa Monica High School students.

News, Samohi, Environment, Santa Monica

LifeStraws Program At Santa Monica High Saves Lives Thanks To Recyclables

Posted Dec. 28, 2013, 7:16 am

As part of Santa Monica High School teacher Benjamin Kay's long-term service learning projects, his students along with partnering families and teachers have collected and sorted approximately 100,000 recyclable beverage containers since 2008.

Santa Monica residents can take advantage of the City's free Christmas Tree Recycling Service.

News, Environment, Santa Monica, City Hall

City Of Santa Monica Offers Free Christmas Tree Recycling Service

Posted Dec. 26, 2013, 9:12 am

Christmas has come and gone, but are you left wondering how to dispose of your unwanted Christmas tree?

Nominate Before Dec. 16 For 2014 Sustainable Quality Awards

News, Environment, Chamber Of Commerce, Business, Santa Monica

Nominate Before Dec. 16 For 2014 Santa Monica Sustainable Quality Awards

Posted Dec. 10, 2013, 9:13 am

SQA Nominations can be submitted by any interested party and for any Santa Monica area business. It is a simple process and your nomination will be sure to surprise and delight the business you submit for consideration.

Jackie Keller, a member of Al Gore’s Climate Leadership Corps, regularly speaks about climate change. She also has her own business of 26 years – NutriFit – that specializes in fresh, gourmet, customized, and delivered meal programs that are tailored to accommodate an individual’s health and lifestyle needs.

News, Environment, Business, Santa Monica, Food

The True Price Of Carbon: Why Food Costs Are Increasing

Posted Nov. 5, 2013, 8:54 am

For NutriFit founding director Jackie Keller, climate change is a huge issue that she says is affecting the food supply and earth’s water system.

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